Climate experts: The #1 problem is coal power
A majority of expert panelists (64%) believe that retiring (or sequestering) coal-fired power plants would be the single most effective use of major investments to limit global warming and the vast majority (84%) expect that coal-fired power plants alone will contribute between 25% and 60% or more of gross carbon emissions to the atmosphere between now and 2020. This is due in large part to the proliferation of new coal plants in China and, to a lesser extent, in India. China and India already comprise almost 1/3 (13) of the Macroclimate® 50 companies.
The Global Energy Observatory (GEO) – an open source project conceived and developed by scientists and engineers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory – provides a comprehensive frequently-updated database on the name, location, owners, operators, energy capacity (MWe) and status of coal-fired power plants worldwide.
Macroclimate® periodically compiles extracts from the GEO database, associates owners of the largest operating plants in the relevant geographic areas with their respective publicly-traded companies, and then ranks these companies by their total coal-fired energy capacity (MWe).